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1 April 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs
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1 April 2018

CAST New Starters FAQs

CAST have put together an FAQ document for any new starters. See below or click here to view the pdf version.

‘How long is the school day’

Tutor time begins at 8:30am, with 1st lesson starting at 8:45am. For most, the school day finishes at either 3:40 or 4:30pm – please visit the following link for a breakdown of the school day: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/college-day

With parental permission, if families prefer for home learning to be completed at home students are allowed to leave at 3:40pm but are also able to stay until 4:30pm.

‘Are there any after school clubs’

Yes, on a Wednesday the PFA offer after school clubs at CAST to all Pre-16 students and finish at 4:30pm. All students are expected to undertake extra-curricular activities. Students will be excused from these if they have other club commitments outside of the college: ie. swimming, karate.

‘What is a Conference Day’

Parkside Federation have conference days, otherwise known as teacher training days throughout the year and these can be found on the college calendar

http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/calendar

‘How is progress reported to parents’

The Academy uses Go4Schools to report progress and assessments to parents. More information is available here: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/assessment-and-reporting

‘What is the school uniform and where can we purchase it’

Please see the website for details regarding our uniform expectations: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/uniform

‘What do we have to do for the transition of our child from their current school’

Our admissions team, based at Coleridge, will contact each school at any point between now and the 8th May to inform them that your child is transferring to us. There are no forms you need to complete for your current school.

‘Are there any induction days’

Yes, an induction day will take place on Friday 6th July. Students will attend in the day and parents will be invited to come back at 3:30pm for a talk with the Headteacher and other staff members. There will be a chance for you to ask any questions about the practical aspects of starting in September.

‘When can students use the gym’

In PE lessons or any after school extra-curricular session.

‘Do students get the chance to do work experience at a work placement in Year 10/11’

All students undertake a week in Year 10 and 11.

‘Do families need to provide lab coats / goggles etc’

No, safety equipment is provided and maintained by the College.

‘Is the school canteen providing hot meals? Is it cash payment or online payments’

The College has independant on site caterers and offer hot and cold food at break and lunchtimes. We encourage students not to bring cash on to the site. Parents can top up via Parentmail +Pay from home or students are able to top up at reception using their own credit/debit card.

Free school meal information and further information regarding catering is available here: http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/catering.

‘Travelling to the College’

Current information regarding travel can be found here – http://www.cam-ast.org.uk/college-life/students-and-families/student-travel. Further information will be available on the Induction day in July.

25 March 2018

Open day at CAST on final day of Cambridge Science Festival hailed a huge success
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25 March 2018

Open day at CAST on final day of Cambridge Science Festival hailed a huge success

Organisers behind the Cambridge Science Festival have hailed the open day at CAST on the final day of the festival a huge success – with more visitors than ever before.

Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology opened its doors at the weekend for a day of fun-filled, family-friendly activities and talks. The College was one of the main hosts for the final day of the two-week Science Festival, along with its neighbours, Cancer Research UK, MRC-LMB and Biomakespace.

Dr Lucinda Spokes, from the University of Cambridge which organises the annual Science Festival, hailed Sunday’s (March 25th) event a huge success – with nearly 1,000 extra visitors stepping through our doors compared to last year.

Dr Spokes, Public Engagement and Festival Manager (Sciences), said: “We had a fantastic day at CAST on Sunday so thank you to everyone involved from the school in making the day so successful, to our researchers across the Biomedical Campus and beyond and to all the people who explored and discussed science with us.”

“What was great this year was the concentration of activity in CAST and the fabulous Festival buzz that resulted.”

“Compared to last year’s event it was much bigger. We had close to 2,500 people taking part in hands-on activities, with around 1,000 people coming to talks, exhibits and tours across CAST, Cancer Research UK and Biomakespace which is wonderful. This compared to about 1,500 people taking part in hands-on activities at CAST last year.”

She said some of the highlights of the day included orthopaedic, heart and transplant surgery with the teddy bear hospital and jelly brain dissection all featuring this year. Some of the talks included genomes, senses and how our environment affects our health.

Dr Spokes said: “We hope that the Festival has something for everyone each year. This year we’ve had events for all ages – toddlers at the Museums and science comedy for adult audiences – as well as exhibitions, talks and hands-on activities for everyone.”

Planning for next year’s Cambridge Science Festival will start straight after Easter, with Dr Spokes adding: “We hope to keep growing the Festival, popping up in unusual venues and would love to hear from people with ideas for interesting topics and places around the City.”

She added: “The Festival is organised by a very small group of people and we couldn’t run such an incredible event without the support of over 1,000 researchers, staff, volunteers and students. We would like to thank everyone for their amazing contribution to making the Festival such a success.

“We’d like to send a particular thank you to everyone at CAST for letting us bring the Science Festival to your fabulous school.”

Headteacher Sian Foreman said: “Staff and students had a fantastic day and we were delighted to be able to host such an exciting event.”

Assistant Headteacher Dr Alistair Easterfield, who organised Sunday’s event at CAST, said: “Our students are part of Cambridge’s scientific community, it is really exciting for them to work alongside colleagues from across the wider science landscape and share their passion and knowledge of science with others.”

If anyone has areas of interest, or suggestions, for next year’s Festival, they can contact Cambridge Science Festival via email at: csf@admin.cam.ac.uk

Comments from the day at CAST included:

“Jam packed venue at Cambridge Academy for Science and Technology! Loads of things to do and try, thank you.”

“Everyone was friendly and helpful – and super keen to explain things. We really enjoyed the keyhole surgery demos and the ambulance too.”

Ready to demonstrate knee surgery, with a camera, is Addenbrooke’s knee surgeon and University Lecturer Stephen MCDonnell.

Cardiac Scientist Natasha Bloodworth from Royal Papworth Hospital with nine-year-old Yousef demonstrating the Kardia app to record a single lead ECG, showing electrical activity of the heart.

23 March 2018

Year 12’s working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT)
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23 March 2018

Year 12’s working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT)

Could you build a working roller coaster from just sellotape and card?

That was the challenge awaiting our Year 12s at the start of a 12-week project, working with the Engineering Development Trust (EDT).

Set by EDT as a team-building exercise, students were given coloured card, sellotape and scissors and asked to build a roller coaster the height of an A4 size piece of paper.

Once construction had finished, each roller coaster had to sustain (survive!) a marble being rolled along it – with the winning design being the roller coaster with the longest duration ride.

However, not wanting to make it too easy… Computer Science Lead Barry Cooper then asked each team to provide a physics equation to prove the roller coaster was safe.

The EDT’s Chris Williams, Programme Delivery Manager, and Gennie Dearman, Chief Operating Officer, oversaw the Roller Coaster Challenge ahead of the 12-week project where students will be working with Cambridge Intelligence and the Key Lines software product to look at, and interrogate, data for different purposes.

Below are photos of some of the YR 12’s roller coaster designs.

What’s striking about them is how different they all are, from length and loops to ingenuity!

21 March 2018

Water Management Project
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21 March 2018

Water Management Project

After all the icy winds, snow and the ‘Beast from the East’ from the past couple of weeks, we wanted to leave you with nothing but blue skies – with a view from our rooftop.

Staff and students went up on the roof just before 11am the other morning to take a look at our weather station as part of a project with Anglian Water and Cambridge Water looking at weather patterns and how they help us understand more about water management.

We don’t have a Carol Kirkwood here at Cast but if we did she would have said it was 10 degrees, with beautiful blue skies.

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